MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Adhesive dispensing with high repetition accuracy
Traditional pressure-time adhesive dispensing systems are suitable for many automated bonding and sealing applications, but they are not a good choice where an exact amount of product needs to be applied regardless of ambient temperature or viscosity. This is why Henkel has introduced a comprehensive range of LOCTITE dispensing systems based on the principle of volume change, a process which ensures consistent dosing.
Fast and secure implementation of Lockout/Tagout
Machine builders must provide maintenance instructions with their machines, which may include Logout/Tagout procedures. Lockout/Tagout can be a life-saver in maintenance operations, preventing many maintenance-related accidents, whether the MRO activities are outsourced or organised internally. While Lockout/Tagout is very successful, it does require intense preparation to implement. Based on worldwide experience, Brady can help implement best practice lockout/tagout programmes.
Inverted tooth chain developments
Rainer Albes discusses the characteristics of inverted tooth chain products from AVENTICS.
Automation payback – 10 tips for achieving ROI in 12 months
Machine builders and suppliers of automation equipment often talk about how their machines deliver optimum performance, boost workplace efficiency and increase output. However, for most, if not all customers, the return on investment (ROI) figures can be a real deal breaker. Richard Gladwin, Technical Director at system integrator Pacepacker Services, offers 10 powerful tips that can help automation to deliver an ROI inside a year.
Gearhead elasticity and its effect on positioning accuracy
Mark Gibbons, a Technical Engineer at maxon motor uk Ltd, explains how torsion and gearhead elasticity can result in drive system positioning control that is not as good as expected.
Solenoid valves - an enduring design refined over time
The humble solenoid has been with us since the early 1900s, and since its invention it has seen a number of developments that have enabled it to provide control over a wide range of applications. From water and gas handling to hygienic and micro fluidic applications, each has its own challenges that have led to a range of designs for the mechanism and the coils. Paul Trevitt, Operations & Engineering Manager for Bürkert UK & Ireland, looks at the improvements in design that have allowed an increasing number of processes to rely on this essential device.
The future of open automation networks – gigabit CC-Link IE
Since 2013’s Hannover fair, the topic of Industry 4.0 has become of key interest to everyone in the automation community and the customers who depend on them for innovative products. In general terms, Industry 4.0 is seen as the next big change in manufacturing, where so called “cyber physical systems” and the Internet of Things will provide significant benefits to increase the capabilities, efficiency and flexibility of manufacturing systems in general.
Intelligent control for food processors
The general trends in the automation of food processing have been heading towards more precise control and more information being gathered at device level. It is important for process engineers to appreciate which control structure would be most appropriate for their particular application.